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Above:  Johann Heermann

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Johann Heermann (1585-1647) was a German Lutheran minister and one of the greatest hymn writers.


Grant, Lord Jesus, That My Healing:

O Christ, Our Light, O Radiance True:

Feed Thy Children, God Most Holy:

Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended:


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Grant, Lord Jesus, that My Healing   6 comments

Above:  What Our Saviour Saw from the Cross, by James Joseph Jacques Tissot (1836-1902)

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Hymn Source = Lutheran Worship (1982), of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Original German words by Johann Heermann (1585-1647)

English Translation by F. Samuel Janzow (1913-2001), U.S. Lutheran pastor and professor of religion and English


1.  Grant, Lord Jesus, that my healing

In your holy wounds I find.

Cleanse my spirit, will, and feeling;

Heal my body, soul, and mind.

When some evil thought within

Tempts my wayward heart to sin,

Work in me for its eviction,

Weighted by your crucifixion.

2.  If some lust in current fashion

Rises like a fi’ry flood,

Draw me to your cross and Passion,

Quench the fire, Lord, by your blood.

Lest I to the tempter yield,

Let me front him with the shield,

Thorn-crowned, blood-marked tree displaying,

Sign the devils find dismaying.

3.  Beckoned by the world’s old question,

“Going my broad, easy road?”

Let me turn from its suggestion

To the agonizing load

Which for me you did endure.

Let me thus flee thoughts impure

Lest I toy with soiled emotions,

Losing joy in blest devotions.

4.  Where the wound is and the hurting,

Pour in oil and cleansing wine.

Let your cross, its pow’r asserting,

Touch my life with grace divine.

Ev’ry bitter cup make sweet,

Bread of comfort let me eart.

For you won my soul’s salvation

By your death for ev’ry nation.

5.  Jesus, rock of strength, my tower,

In your death I put my trust.

When you died, death lost its power,

When you rose, it turned to dust.

Let your bitter agony,

Suffered for us, comfort me.

Dying, Lord, in its protection,

I have life and resurrection.

O Christ, Our Light, O Radiance True   3 comments

Above:  The Sun

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Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Words by Johann Heermann (1585-1647)


1.  O Christ, our light, O Radiance true,

shine forth on those estranged from you,

and bring them to your home agan,

where their delight shall never end.

2.  Fill with the radiance of your grace

the wand’rers lost in error’s maze.

Set free all those whose hearts and minds

some deep delusion haunts and binds.

3.  Lord, open all reluctant ears

and take away the needless fears

of those who tremble to express

the faith their inmost hearts confess.

4.  Lord, let your mercy’s gentile ray

shine down on others strayed away.

To those in conscience wounded sore

show heaven’s waiting, open door.

5.  Make theirs with ours a single voice

uplifted, ever to rejoice

with wond’ring gratitude and praise to you,

O Lord, for boundless grace.

Feed Thy Children, God Most Holy   1 comment

Above:  Lutheran Eucharistic Adoration

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Hymn Source = Lutheran Service Book (2006), of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Original German Words by Johann Heermann (1585-1647)

English translation from The Lutheran Hymnal (1941)


Feed Thy children, God most holy;

Comfort sinners poor and lowly.

O Thou Bread of Life from heaven,

Bless the food Thou here hast given!

As these gifts the body nourish,

May our souls in graces flourish

Till with saints in heav’nly splendor

At thy feast due thanks we render.

Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended   14 comments

Christ Carrying the Cross, by El Greco

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Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

Original German words by Johann Heermann (1585-1647)

English translation (1897) by Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930)


1.  Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,

that man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?

By foes derided, by thine own rejected,

O most afflicted.

2.  Who was the guilty?  Who brought this upon thee?

Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.

‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee:

I crucified thee.

3.  Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;

the slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;

for our atonement, while we nothing heeded,

God interceded.

4.  For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation,

thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation;

thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,

for my salvation.

5.  Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,

I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,

think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,

not my deserving.